International Mother's Day observed
in SOS Children's Villages in Bangladesh
'Ma' (mother) is a simple two-lettered Bangla word that
carries a profound feeling of connectedness. A mother's love for her children
has no geographical boundary. A mother understands the sorrows, pains,
pleasures, happiness, hunger, thirst, and the dreams of her children. When she
prays, she never prays for herself, but for her children. A mother is a
precious person whose small heart can accommodate the love for all her
children. Feelings among children in SOS Children's Villages in Bangladesh are
same and the mothers are the most respected and loving ones among them. That's why Mother's Day is a very special day
for the children here.
Children's Villages in Dhaka, Rajshahi, Khulna, Chittagong, Bogra and Sylhet
observed Mother's Day on 11 May 2014 with due honour to the mothers. Through arranging several programs like
children's art exhibition, publication of wall magazine, discussion session and
cultural function with festivity the mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds,
and the influence of mothers in society are honored. Children also enjoyed
family feast in respective family houses.
Some former boys and girls of the Villages also visited their mothers in
SOS families with special gifts and hold a special meal at home.
Children's Village Dhaka
discussion session and cultural function arranged in SOS Children's Village
Dhaka, renowned writer Selina Hossain was present as chief guest. Praising the role of SOS mothers, she said, "In my views, an SOS
mother is not only the mother, she is the icon of world’s mother who is symbol
of love, respect and security." Popular singer S I Tutul was also
present in the function and sang songs.
Among others, National Director of SOS Children's Villages Bangladesh
Mr. Ghulam Ahmed Ishaque was present. “I am very happy to
join in the unique occasion and also proud of our children to arrange such a
nice programme showing their love, respect and gratitude to mothers" the
National Director expressed.
Children wished their
mothers and try to surprise them. "The day was started with wishing ammu
(mother) through presenting my handmade card" Towfique of House
"Sandhani" of SOS Children's Village Dhaka said. "Ammu is my
best guide and inspiration" he added. A nice bonding among mother Amirun and
children is found in the family which is important for a happy, healthy family.
Another lovely teenage girl of House "Janota" expressed her emotion
in her wishing message to her SOS mother Jhuma.
In the card, she wrote,
"I love you mom! Thanks for everything you do to keep our big family
happy!" Sumaiya, Mother of house
"Rupali" was overwhelmed in her sharing. "I become overwhelmed
while I see innocent face of my children and they greet me “Ma” (mother). My
soul became flowing over of affection for them" she expressed. "Publishing wall magazine is a tradition
of SOS Girls' Club Dhaka. And it is our pleasure to maintain it" said the
President of the club Rima Das.
An art exhibition titling "Mother in my
eyes" arranged where drawing from children of Family Based Care (FBC) and
also Family Strengthening Programme (FSP) under SOS Children's Village
Chittagong were displayed.
Exhibition” entitled mother of my eyes at 10.30 am on 11 May 2014. The drawing
of the family strengthening programme’s children was exhibited in the
exhibition. Rotarian A A M Tariquddin, PHF, President, Rotary Club of Agrabad
inaugurated the exhibition as Chief Guest. He also attended in the discussion
session and cultural function arranged on that occasion. He highly appreciated the cultural function
of the children and called upon the children to love and respect mothers.
SOS Children's Village Bogra
Art competition was
held in the Village on Mother's Day and discussion and cultural function by the
children was also the main program on that occasion. Prof. Dr. Hosne Are Begum (Ashoka
Fellow & PHF)
Executive Director, TMSS (Thengamara Mohila Sabuj Sangha - a
micro credit NGO)
was the chief guest and distributed prizes among the winners of the art competition.
Before the cultural function, mothers from family based care and also from
family strengthening programme under the Village were given a reception
presenting cards and flowers.
SOS Children's Village Khulna
An essay competition
was arranged on Mother's Day. Winning the 1st prize of the
competition, the boy Hossain of House "Topshey" of the Village became
delighted. "I am very happy. This
is my gift to ammu (mother) who is my world" he expressed. The mother Fatema is also full of praises of
the child. "Hossain is a child
every parent wishes for. I am proud of
my child" she expressed. SOS Girls’
Club published a Wall Magazine on that occasion. In the afternoon, a discussion
session and a mini cultural show was presented by the children.
Village Rajshahi and Sylhet also arranged discussion session to observe the